Don’t laugh at me cos I’m a fool

Lynne and I were fortunate enough to visit the Isle of Man yesterday, and we are photographed here sitting next to a bronze of Norman Wisdom in Douglas, capital of the island (he’d died last October, age 95).

Norman lived on the island for many years. An English comic born near Ladbroke Grove. He invariably portrayed a downtrodden, sad faced little man in a battered cap and an ill-fitting suit. My Dad said he was daft. He was. And one of Charlie Chaplin’s favourites. See the You tube video below. Slapstick from the Laurel, Hardy and Chaplin manual. As for his suit I admire him for it as much as I despair of those for whom fashion is all.

When Lynne was a girl she sometimes holidayed on the IOM, some 50 miles west of Blackpool, with her Mum (Alice) and Dad (Dennis). Yesterday we were flown to the island from Blackpool by Claire’s boyfriend, another Dennis, Captain Den.
It used to take Lynne all day to sail to the island, but yesterday it took us 50 minutes to fly there and 38 minutes to fly back from.

Den is a good driver and a safe pair of hands, which is good enough reason for him to make the shortlist to be a future pallbearer of mine.

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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